Sengio della Sisilla

Sengio della Sisilla

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 45.73118°N / 11.17335°E
Additional Information County: Veneto
Activities Activities: Hiking, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Scrambling, Via Ferrata
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Additional Information Elevation: 5318 ft / 1621 m
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Overview

Sisilla (Sengio della Sisilla) 1621 m

The Sengio della Sisilla, more briefly called Sisilla, is an impressive tower belonging to the Piccole Dolomiti (Little Dolomites), Sengio Alto Subgroup, with vertical or overhanging walls dominating Passo di Campogrosso and the nearby Refuge Toni Giuriolo. The tower marks the Southern extremity of the Sengio Alto chain, a short mountain range composed by fine towers and pinnacles of dolomitic appearance, as Torre d’Émmele and Baffelan, located between Passo Pian delle Fugazze to the North and Passo di Campogrosso to the South. The Eastern side of the chain (Vicenza province) is more vertical and rocky, while the Western one (Trento province) has shorter rocky walls and less steep slopes, descending to the woods and the meadows below.

The impressive Sengio della Sisilla
The impressive Sengio della Sisilla

The Sengio Alto is crossed by a panoramic path, called Sentiero di Arroccamento, dating back to the First World War. This is an extraordinary old military path, winding between the peaks of Sengio Alto Subgroup and crossing it from Malga Cornetto m. 1220 to the Refuge Toni Giuriolo on Passo di Campogrosso m. 1456. The path was realized by the Italian Military Engineers Corp during the First World War. 

The Sisilla marks to the South the beginning of the Sengio Alto chain and strongly characterizes this sector. The yellow-gray South-East wall of Sisilla, the one facing the Passo Campogrosso, rises for about 120 meters at its highest point, but it's very impressive and cut by two equidistant grassy ledges that divide the wall into three portions. Several difficult climbing routes run on this wall.

Piccole Dolomiti
Sisilla

Getting There

Sengio Alto map

 

 

 

 

 

Road access

– From the SE side (Vicenza province): follow A4 Motorway, exit Montecchio Maggiore and take the road to Valdagno, Recoaro and Passo di Campogrosso (47 km. from Montecchio Maggiore).

Climbing routes

On the steep and impressive SE wall of Sisilla there are various multipitches including some historic classic routes dating back from the 1930s. 

Sisilla SE wall climbing routes
Sisilla SE wall climbing routes

 

- Via Diretta Soldà VII-, 145 m  Route re-equipped  

- Via Carlesso VIII- (or VI+ e A0), 165 m  Re-equipped,  exit Soldà

- Direttissima Magrin-Perlotto  VI,  A1, A2,  

- Via Dal Bianco  

- Via Esperus VII+, 120 m

 

Sport routes

Currently on the South-East wall of the Sisilla there are about 45 routes, among which there are numerous sports routes mainly realized by Gianni Bisson in the cliff sector, added in the last decades to the historic classic routes. On the sport routes the difficulty varies from 5c to 8a, while the 5 classic multipitch routes has a difficulty level never lower than VI+ UIAA.

The crag of the Sisilla is never very frequented due to the rather difficult level of the routes and the rock towards which it must be paid attention, although the routes have been cleaned. Recommended the helmet also in the sport sector.

 

WWI trench near the summit of Sisilla
WWI trench near the summit of Sisilla
Sisilla summit statue
Sisilla summit statue

 

Access: from the Refuge Giuriolo on Campogrosso in 5 minutes reach the base of the wall. Pegs: fix, bolts and resinated on the sport routes. Normal pegs an some resinated on the classic routes.  

Best period: from March to October

More info about the Sisilla sport cliff here:  Sisilla sport routes 

Normal Route

Black-yellow SE wall of Sisilla
Black-yellow SE wall of Sisilla

 

Sisilla Normal route from Passo Campogrosso

Difficulty: EEA
Difference in level: 150 m. from Passo Campogrosso

The Normal route to the summit of Sisilla is a walk plus an easy scramble up the summit rock, equipped with some iron chains. The itinerary is exciting and quite interesting in reason of the WWI remains. The summit is absolutely airy but protected with a railing.

Route description

From the Refuge Campogrosso, take the path 170-E5 in front of the building in the direction of Malga Boffetal (signposted). After about 300 meters leave the main path and take a marked track on the right signposted "Caposaldo Sisilla". The trail soon climbs to a saddle from where to the right a well-preserved trench leads uphill to the entrance of a wooden war tunnel (open to visitors). On the left of the tunnel it starts the summit rock well equipped with metal chains leading quickly to the aerial summit with a statue of the Madonna. Aerial and extended panorama.

 

The summit rocks on Sisilla Normal route
The summit rocks on Sisilla Normal route
WWI wooden gallery on Sisilla Normal route
WWI wooden gallery on Sisilla Normal route

Descent: reversing the same route. After the summit rocks a brief variant is possible following on the left a path (before getting to the junction with the path 170) which descends directly to Passo Campogrosso. 

Red Tape

No fees no permits required

Climate and nature

Campanula Barbata, Piccole Dolomiti
Campanula Barbata, Piccole Dolomiti
Aquilegia Alpina (Alpine Columbine), Piccole Dolomiti
Aquilegia Alpina (Alpine Columbine), Piccole Dolomiti

The Piccole Dolomiti show a local micro-climate due to the high contrast between the NW side, colder and dry, and the SE side, warmer and wet. this situation is the cause, especially in the summer time, of frequent fogs along the East sides. In Spring we can observe a wonderful flowering of many species, some of which autocthon.

Fall is a wonderful season to climb and hike, in reason of the presence of a mixed wood, surroundings the Sengio Alto Subgroup, giving an amazing look to the landscape.

When to Climb

From May to October/November

Huts

On CAMPOGROSSO:

Campogrosso and the Carega group
Rifugio Giuriolo on Passo Campogrosso and the Carega group

 

 

Rifugio Toni Giuriolo m. 1456 - Passo Campogrosso m. 1456 - Phone +39044575030
- Rifugio alla Guardia Phone +39044575257

 

Dolomiti Meteo

Guidebooks and maps

- Guidebooks"

Piccole Dolomiti e dintorni new climbing guidebook
Piccole Dolomiti e dintorni new climbing guidebook

 

Little Dolomites Guidebook
Little Dolomites Guidebook

"Piccole Dolomiti e dintorni - Arrampicate scelte" by Guido Casarotto - Un updated complete selection of climbing routes in Piccole Dolomiti, Ed. Cierre 2015 

“Piccole Dolomiti – Pasubio” by Gianni Pieropan - Collana Guide dei Monti d’Italia, CAI TCI

“Arrampicate nelle Piccole Dolomiti” by Guido Casarotto



Parents 

Parents

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